Bulldogs rally to hand Parma 20-12 loss in opener
Baker scored two second-half touchdowns to overcome a 12-6 Parma lead, and went on to defeat the host Pirates 20-12 in the non-league season-opening high school football game for both teams Friday.
“We were very pleased,” said Baker coach Dave Johnson.
“Even with several penalties and some turnovers the kids kept battling. We made some plays when we needed to and we were smiling at the end of the game.”
Baker senior quarterback Jordan Harlow connected on scoring passes with Trace Richardson and Walker Kaseberg in the final 17 minutes to send Baker home from Idaho with a 1-0 season record.
Trailing 12-6 Baker took the ensuing kickoff and marched 48 yards for the go-ahead score. The Bulldogs did so despite committing three penalties for 25 yards on the drive.
A 32-yard pass from Harlow to Kaseberg, an 18-yard Steven Talbot run, and a 15-yard pass from Harlow to Dekker Smith were key plays on the drive.
Harlow then found Kaseberg in the end zone for a touchdown. Smith’s conversion kick gave the Bulldogs their first lead, 13-12.
Then, in the fourth quarter, Harlow and Richardson hooked up for a 4-yard touchdown with 9:50 left in the game. On the play, Harlow rolled to his right and found Richardson in the end zone.
Parma then turned the ball over on downs on its next possession with 6:34 left in the game. Baker then proceeded on a 12-play drive —‑including 11 running plays —‑to run out the clock.
Harlow and Richardson also hooked up for the Bulldogs’ lone first-half touchdown. On the play a Parma defender tried for the interception, missed, and Richardson took a short Harlow toss and scooted 30 yards for the score.
Johnson was pleased with most aspects of the Bulldogs’ game.
“We obviously need to take another step this week, but we met several of our pre-game goals against Parma,” the Baker coach said.
“Our punt team did very well. Our kickoff team was superb. Our defense came close to their goal of holding Parma to 100 yards rushing. And, our offensive line didn’t allow a sack.”
Some of those accomplishments allowed the Bulldogs to move the ball downfield easily despite summer-like temperatures during the evening.
“We did a good job of running the ball and we had six or seven guys catch the ball,” Johnson said.
The Baker coach mentioned Kaseberg, Richardson, Kennan Richards, Rowdie LaMiller and Cole Brown among others who had at least one reception.
Johnson said the warmer temperatures took their toll on the players.
“I couldn’t believe how warm it was,” Johnson said. “We expected it to cool off later in the evening but it didn’t.”
Johnson said approximately two-thirds of the Baker players suffered leg cramps during the game because of the temperatures.
Baker will play its home opener Friday at 7 p.m. at Bulldog Memorial Stadium when the Bulldogs host Weiser, Idaho.
Parma 0 6 6 0 — 12
P — 2 run (Kick failed)
B — Richardson 30 pass from Harlow (Run failed)
P — 2 run (Pass failed)
B — Kaseberg 7 pass from Harlow (Smith kick)
B — Richardson 4 pass from Harlow (Smith kick)